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If your period is abnormally late and extremely heavy what could be some reasons as to why?

By September 27, 2011 - 7:05pm
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I am only 15 and have not been sexually active therefore I cannot be pregnant. I was 18 days late for my period and I have a very heavy flow today and non stop cramps. Usually I could keep one tampon in from when I woke up to before bed, but today I went through 6 within a twelve hour time period and have had continuous mild cramps. is there any explanation for this?

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Hi Skeena,

Thanks for your question. Some girls' periods arrive like clockwork. Others get theirs at slightly different times each month. Many girls get regular periods most of the time, but occasionally skip a period or get an extra period during times of pressure or stress. This is perfectly normal.

Most of the time, irregular periods are part of the normal changes that can happen when you're a teen. At some point as you get older, your cycle will probably settle into a recognizable pattern. This usually happens by 3 years after your first period.

If your periods are irregular for more than 3 years, please consult with your doctor. Certain medications, excessive exercise, very low body weight, not eating enough calories, or a hormone imbalance can all be reasons for irregular periods.

You should also see your doctor if you start having periods that last longer than 7 days, are heavy, are occurring more often than every 21 days or less often than every 45 days, or are accompanied by severe cramping or abdominal pain.

Hope this helps!


September 28, 2011 - 6:33am
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It is probably because you are young and your body is sorting itself out. If it happens again you may need to go on the pill to regulate it or see a natural health person to help. It's just to do with hormones and the balance of them I would think...I think too much progesterone? I personally would see a natural health person but you are young, see how it goes the next few times.

September 27, 2011 - 9:27pm
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